Headmen of Betsang wearing wickerwork hats

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

May 21st - 31st 1939


Betsang Region > Nyenchen Thangla

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 X 59 mm

Two Betsang headmen in felt boots with wickerwork hats on their head. This is the dress of the nomads of the area some eighty miles north-west of Lhasa. The man on the right also has a tinder box attached to his waist. There are people wearing fur-lined wrap-over coats (chuba) and horses in the background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's visit to Talung, 1939

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Droka's at Betsang' is written on the reverse of print in pencil in Richardson's hand and 'Velox' in an oval and '512' stamped in black. [KC 18/4/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson' hand list: Album 2. [no.] 62. 'Headmen of Betsang'

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image can be related to a group of 13 6x6 images which have contact prints with the batch development number '512' in red printed on them. These seem all to have been taken on, before or just after Richardson's tour to Talung in May 1939. This number relates also to the '512' batch development numbers printed in black on 21 6x9 images. The 6x6 and 6x9 images would have been produced using two different cameras demonstrating that by this time Richardson was using both a Reflex Korelle and a Zeiss Super Ikonta and that the batch numbers on contact prints may also correlate with each other across print sizes to assist in dating [MS 17/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Headmen of Betsang wearing wickerwork hats" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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